Abducted by his father since little, the young boy finds out he’s listed as a missing person for thirteen years.

“Growing up without a mother was really tough, but sending his father to prison is like reliving the same pain all over again, so I forgive him,” said Julian to the judge.

There are many things that happen to us as a kid that we wish we could turn back and there are many pains one can go through their childhood, which can leave them scarred for life. But fortunately, there are those people like Julian that have found the strength to grow through the pains he had when he was little, the pain of growing without a mother.

Living with both of his parents in Alabama, Julian Hernandez was separated by his mother at a young age. When his father escaped to Ohio, when Julian was only five, he abducted Julian with him, leaving only a note behind for his mother. She, on the other hand, did all she could to find her baby, and she even reported him as a missing person, but since his father changed both his and Julian’s last names, the police could not find them.

Only after Julian grew up to be eighteen, when he finished high school, he was to find out the real truth about his life and the real reason of why he had not grown up with a mother. While filling out a college application, Julian figured out that his social security number, did not match his name and that thing surprised him. Going deeper into investigations he found out through a school counselor that the mix up of the data came from the fact that he had been listed as a missing person for thirteen years now, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

His mother apparently never lost hope and never canceled his name from the missing children’s list. His father was to be charged for abducting him but Julian had really grown through his pain. “Growing up without a mother was really tough, but sending his father to prison is like reliving the same pain all over again, so I forgive him,” said Julian to the judge.